Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is surrounded by complete idiots.  No one fixes things anymore, or uses their common sense.  No one understands that right is right and wrong is wrong. The world is upside down, and nothing can make it better. When did everything become so complicated?

 Then Ove’s neighbors come knocking at his door, needing this and borrowing that, always requiring his help.  First, it’s the husband and very-pregnant wife who irritate Ove when he is forced to intervene before the husband wrecks his own vehicle, his wife rolling her eyes. What sort of man can’t back up a trailer?  Next, it’s the twenty-something male he sees at all hours of the day (lazy!) who barges in with a nearly frozen cat that needs rescuing. Ove is not amused. Over and over, Ove’s neighbors interrupt his life, whether he wants to see them (he doesn’t!) or not.

 This heartwarming tale, with it’s quirky and wonderful characters, slowly reveals Ove’s personal journey and explains his curmudgeonly attitude toward the world. If you enjoyed the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, then this book is for you.

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